UN chief calls on Climate Summit to "set the world on a new course"

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Ban Ki-moon (left). Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to set the world on a new course.

Speaking at the start of the Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon called for investment in climate resilient societies that protect all, especially the most vulnerable.

Mr. Ban said the human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable.

He stressed the need to cut carbon emissions so that by the end of this century the planet can become carbon neutral.

"Today we must set the world on a new course. Climate change is the defining issue of our age. It is defining our present. Our response will define our future."

More than 120 world leaders, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society have gathered in New York for the summit.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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